Retro D.S. Vorster lounge suite
I think this is probably the most expensive piece I’ve ever had for sale, and in turn it’s also the most money I’ve ever shelled out for Mint! I was very fortunate in Durbs to have a stupidly cheap upholsterer, but moving to Jozi I’ve discovered what people really pay to do things up, and it aint cheap! But in this case I think it was money well spent!
The lounge suite was made by D.S. Vorster, a high-end South African furniture manufacturer founded in 1943 who were responsible for furnishing the Blue Train and the Beacon Island Hotel. The people I bought it from seemed to think that the lounge suite dated to the 1970s, but I would have thought it was maybe a bit earlier – perhaps late 1960s? Obviously I can’t say for certain, but going on the amount of wear and tear, and of course the style of the piece, that would be my guess. The set was in a terrible state when I bought it – the cushions were so sad that I left them behind! In addition to new foam the settee and chairs also needed new padding, and obviously new upholstery fabric. We also sanded down the wood, but were glad to see that the frames, which also appear to be good quality wood, are in great nick – this was a lounge suite that was built to last!
For the most part this is a very plain set, but there are some truly beautiful design elements that really make it stand out, the most notable being the wooden frame that supports the three seater settee – it had me weak at the knees! The wooden slats that sit on the back aren’t actually attached to the couch, but rather lean against the fabric offering support – so simple, and so ridiculously handsome! Obviously it means that you should position the couch so that the back of the settee shows, but I suppose you could also just pull the couch away from the wall so that you can at least catch a glimpse of it!
I know that this is a lot to pay for a lounge suite, but it’s all relative – I think that you’d struggle to get something of this quality (and this incredible style) for this price – and personally I think the fact that it’s a South African design (and such a cool one at that) makes it well worth the money! This is an investment that you can’t really go wrong with!
Note: Because of the new foam, the couches are quite hard, so need a few throw cushions to soften them.
Dimensions: Three seater settee – 215cm wide x 76cm deep x 76cm tall; Single armchairs – 73cm wide x 90cm deep x 76cm tall
Price: R13 500 for the set (one x three seater & two x one seaters)
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